How does CMS define a “group” test?


Group tests are panels or profiles (sometimes referred to as order entry panels) that result in the billing of multiple CPT® codes. Reference labs generally have all components of panels and profiles listed in their catalogs. Unfortunately, the catalogs can become outdated quickly, so be sure to check with your reference lab to validate the codes. If you bill Medicare for a code, then you are liable— not the reference lab—even if it had the incorrect code printed in its catalog.

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